Walker wrote that he couldn’t make certain that the trial wouldn’t “considerably have an effect on the worth” of his relative’s inventory.
“Although I imagine it’s extremely unlikely that these proceedings could have a considerable impact on The Walt Disney Firm, I select to err on the facet of warning — which, right here, can also be the facet of judicial integrity — and disqualify myself,” Walker wrote.
DeSantis’s authorized staff filed a movement final month calling for Walker’s recusal. John Guard, who’s representing DeSantis as Florida’s chief deputy lawyer normal, argued that Walker had introduced his personal impartiality into query via his dealing with of two earlier instances, each of which involved closely politicized rulings on DeSantis-approved laws.
Regardless of Walker’s final determination, he rejected the DeSantis arguments about potential bias. “I discover the movement is nothing greater than rank judge-shopping,” wrote Walker, an Obama-appointed decide who has dominated in opposition to DeSantis-approved laws previously, together with on free-speech points.
Neither Disney nor the DeSantis administration instantly responded to requests for remark.
DeSantis and Disney have been engaged in a public disagreement for greater than a 12 months. The feud began when Disney expressed opposition to a Florida schooling regulation that critics dubbed the “don’t say homosexual” regulation. It spiraled into an argument over Disney’s management over the particular tax district round Disney World, with the governor packing the theme parks’ governance board with a handpicked group of conservative allies.
Disney filed its lawsuit in opposition to DeSantis in late April. The DeSantis-appointed oversight board for the Disney district filed a countersuit in state court docket simply days later.